NBA: Suns trade Jackson to Grizzlies in four-player deal - report

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Posted at Jul 04 2019 08:09 AM


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The Phoenix Suns dealt former fourth overall pick Josh Jackson to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday in a trade involving four players and two draft picks, according to an ESPN report.

Also headed to Memphis are guard De'Anthony Melton, a 2020 second-round pick and a conditional 2021 second-rounder (conveyed only if it lands between Nos. 31 and 35), with the Grizzlies sending guards Kyle Korver and Jevon Carter to Phoenix, according to ESPN.

The report adds that the Suns will waive Korver for $3.4 million, and the 38-year-old will consider signing with the Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks or Philadelphia 76ers after clearing waivers.

The move will clear room for the Suns to fit Ricky Rubio's three-year, $51 million deal when the free agent signs later this week. No trades or signings can become official until Saturday.

Jackson, 22, was drafted fourth overall out of Kansas by Phoenix in 2017. The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 11.5 points and 4.4 rebounds in 79 games (29 starts) last season, both slightly down from his figures (13.1 points and 4.6 rebounds) as a rookie, when he made the All-Rookie second team.

Jackson was arrested at a Miami music festival in May after trying to enter a VIP area several times without a proper pass, getting charged with escape and resisting arrest after running from police.

Korver was part of the package sent by the Utah Jazz to Memphis in exchange for Mike Conley earlier this offseason. He spent last year between Cleveland and Utah, averaging 8.6 points per game while shooting 39.7 percent from 3-point range, his lowest mark in a season since 2008-09.

Melton, 21, averaged five points and 3.2 assists in 50 games (31 starts) for the Suns as a rookie last season after being acquired from Houston, which drafted him in the second round (46th overall).

Carter, 23, was also a second-round pick (32nd overall) last year. He averaged 4.4 points and 1.8 assists in 39 games (three starts) as a rookie with the Grizzlies.

--Field Level Media

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